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Another year has come to a close. It's been a wild ride around here. But through it all we've kept right on pushing content and selling kayaks. Every year we sit back and take stock of which stories made the biggest impact on our site. And we never lose sight that all that data represents people, y'all, visiting our site and hopefully enjoying what we put out there on the digital waves. So thank you! We really appreciate all y'all. Here's our Top Ten stories and posts from 2018. We have some big things planned for 2019, so stay tuned...

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There's been a lot of talk lately about the ill that is cheap kayaks in the paddle-sports market. People are walking into their local big box store and scooping up cheap plastic kayaks, alongside toilet paper and kiddie pools. The reigning push-back from the outdoor industry has focused on the manufacturing and the benefit of paying for better quality. Which is fair enough. I like quality gear. I learned that lesson as a rock climber. Read More

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We all need to unplug on occasion. We need space to reflect and perhaps re-imagine our place. That is one of the gifts of kayaking, and of recreating outdoors. There is peace in paddling out into the boundless bounty of this beautiful country. Memorial Weekend always seems to find me in desperate need of that release. So the family and I lit out for Atlantic Beach, NC. The plan was to go kayaking and fishing together and hopefully find some redfish. I put my wife on her first redfish last year while we were there.  Read More

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It's Spring, and the weather seems to be warming up. Time to paddle out and get after 'em if you aren't already. Here's the gear we think will help you be successful. These Kayak Fishing picks are about the gear that will make your time on the water more efficient. Read More

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Perception Kayaks recently released a video campaign that instantly went viral. "Dont' Get Yakked Off" highlights the problematic trend of cheap plastic kayaks showing up next to the toilet paper aisle in your local big box store. It's a fun little video that also informs. Check it out below, and then check out the Perception Kayaks we highlighted. It's safe to say that by shopping Perception, you ensure you won't be Yakked Off. Read More 

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Transportation is a central concern when purchasing your first kayak. It's an often forgotten fact. But we'll get back to that. You're here because you're considering buying a kayak, and that is awesome! Kayaking is proven to be good for your health and mental health. Look it up, aka Google that stuff! It's also a great way to spend time alone, with family or with friends. So, congrats on taking the first step and doing research. Now let's get started. Read More

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Spring is when life re-emerges from the cold, dark ground in a bright, colorful declaration of life and hope. Every spring we wait faithfully for the re-emergence of wildflowers and wildlife, mushrooms and migratory birds. And like the emergence of mushrooms or spring flowers, the Goshen Race is something that cannot be predicted or scheduled. The Goshen Race just … “occurs.” When certain flows occur on a certain day of the week, at a certain time of the year...the Race is on. Read More

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Let’s face it: paddling can seem an expensive sport. It’s easy to be sticker-shocked when starting out in the paddling sport. That is understandable. You’re young and new to the real world, and the investment is daunting. This blog will help you save money and avoid that sticker-shock. Read More

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Have you always wanted to take your family on the river, but let the fear of tantrums scare you off? The secret to successful family river trips is something we muse over and practice on the regular here at Appomattox River Company. It's in our DNA. We've written about it many times. From whitewater kayaking to kayak fishing on the James River, our history is filled with family paddling adventures. Read More

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This past week I traveled to the Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit in Sparta, TN to check out the Jackson Kayak Bite fishing kayak, and the rest of what Jackson, Blue Sky Boatworks and Orion had to show. Traveling to Rock Island State Park is always a welcome adventure. The scenery is awesome and the people are pretty darn fun too. Read More

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Specialty retailers know. It's our strength. In an arena increasingly driven by digital presence, it's the small brick and mortar shops that have that advantage. Paddlers, and prospective paddlers, are often in search of that perfect kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard to fit their needs.  But more and more shoppers are turning to big box stores or online giants like Amazon to shop. Read More 

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